Suzette Bakery launches in Bandra with a selection of sourdough bakes and traditional French pastries. By Karishma Sakhrani
Bandra just got a new spot to fuel its 3 pm slump – that’s if this bustling neighbourhood ever goes through a lull. I wonder? After becoming a household name in Mumbai amongst the yoga going, free-willed young millennials; French expats and partners Jeremie Sabbagh, Antonia Achache and Pierre Labail (the team behind the Kitchen Garden by Suzette) have launched Suzette Bakery with much passion and love.
When Kitchen Garden first launched, their iconic sourdough boules became an instant favourite and staple at everyone’s breakfast tables. Taking cue, the partners saw opportunity in a French style bakery that offers an authentic experience with the vibe, classic pastries and of course the painstakingly made sourdough breads that take more than thirty hours to be born.
Partners and chefs, Antonia and Jeremie trained at the Paris Bakery & Pastry School five years ago in preparation for Suzette bakery and took the products through several months of trials and tastings before they were deemed worthy enough to find a spot on the swanky, black-marbled counter at the bakery. Their commitment runs through every grain. From the organic wheat and rye that are freshly milled, to baking the baguettes fresh, three times a day. It pays off you notice, when you look at the beautiful golden hues of the breads enticingly looking back at you from the shelves. Baguettes, brioches (including a vegan version), croissants and the signature sourdough loaves comfortably share counter space with the most delectable French pastries.
I couldn’t get enough of the Energy Sourdough made with emmer wheat, almonds, raisins and nutrient-dense seeds. I took a boule home which is very thinly sliced and toasted to enjoy with some soft cheese and a smear of my homemade berry jam. I’m not sure if the French would approve of my style, but I definitely enjoyed it! At the bakery, you can get the breads to eat there (warmed just enough – which also tastes incredible) with a selection of local cheese and deli meats. If you’re feeling more than peckish, they also have sandwiches you can buy off the counter, which are bursting with veggies and perfectly ripe avocados or the choicest meats and cheese.
The pastry counter answers all my sweet dreams, without being overbearingly sweet. There is finesse, balance of flavour and texture in each bite. The use of quality ingredients and a tight leash on the sugar makes me feel good while eating it. The lemon meringue tart wins with a clean sweep! The beautifully crisp and crumbly pastry encases the most well-balanced lime curd, which is topped with a delicately torched meringue. While this more than satisfies, in the name of research for this story, I of course sample the rest of the offering and I continue to be delighted. The chocolate tart is a no-brainer order for any chocolate lover out there (who isn’t?). Again, it’s rich and decadent without feeling like too much in any way. My fondness for choux instantly delights with the Paris-Brest, which is a ring of choux pastry that’s sliced and sandwiched with a light as air praline and hazelnut cream. Another unmissable one is the mille-feuille, which is assembled in order to preserve the crispness of the thousand leaves of pastry the chefs have made with utmost precision.
I see myself routinely visiting the Bakery in the name of a coffee run, walking out with a baguette (or two) cradled under my arm with remnant crumbs of a lemon tart around my mouth.